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Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
~ Sir Thomas Browne - [Obstinacy]

 

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They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
~ Edmund Burke - [Obstinacy]

 

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Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.
~ Kenneth Clark - [Opera]

 

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A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
~ Robertson Davies - [Opera]

 

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Certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we're so fond of it.
~ George Eliot - [Obstinacy]

 

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I never was an opera fan -- about twenty-five musically supreme masterpieces in this curious medium apart.
~ Hans Keller - [Opera]

 

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The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
~ Jean De La Bruyere - [Opera]

 

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I love Italian opera -- it's so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn Debussy, and his averted face. I like the Italians who run all on impulse, and don't care about their immortal souls, and don't worry about the ultimate.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Opera]

 

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Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
~ W. Somerset Maugham - [Obstinacy]

 

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Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
~ H. L. Mencken - [Opera]

 

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Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
~ Hannah More - [Opera]

 

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I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.
~ Edgar Allan Poe - [Opera]

 

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How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.
~ Gioacchino Antonio Rossini - [Opera]

 

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If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse.
~ Joan Sutherland - [Opera]

 

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The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]
~ Mark Twain - [Opera]

 

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There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.
~ Anonymous - [Obstacles]

 

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When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb.
~ Denis Waitley - [Obstacles]

 

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I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.
~ Franco Zeffirelli - [Opera]

 

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Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.
~ Zig Ziglar - [Obstacles]

 

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